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March 3-6, 2005
Dodge Arena,
Hidalgo, Texas.
Music, square dancing and clogging, drawings for prizes, food demonstrations, arts and crafts, carnival, car and truck show, lighted parades, beer and wine tasting, pageants, strolling entertainment, Texas tributes. There is an admission charge
Additional Information: Call 956-843-2302.

March 3-13, 2005
Chasco Fiesta
various venues,
Port Richey, Florida.
There are several events that take place earlier in the festival schedule, with a cluster of events on the weekend of March 12-13. Activities include a boat parade, drawing for a vacation, bicycle tour and mountain bike race, softball tournament, breakfasts, flea market, musical concerts, talent search, vehicle show, blood drive, art and much more.
Learn More: Call 727-842-7651.

March 4-6, 2005
Palm Beach Seafood Festival
Howard Park,
West Palm Beach, Florida
Seafood, arts and crafts, musical entertainment, children's rides and activities.
Details: Call 561-832-6397

March 4-6, 2005
Pig Gig Rib Fest
Carlin Park,
Jupiter, Florida.
This is the second round for the Fest, where the fun surrounds a rib cooking contest with participants from all over the country. Enjoy lumberjack shows, an area for kids, pig racing, entertainment and food.
Information: Call 561-746-7111.

March 4-13, 2005
Tahoe Snow Festival
various venues,
North Tahoe, California
Ski events, raffle, spaghetti dinner, fireworks and laser show, pancake breakfasts, ice cream eating contest, luau, sack races, dessert pizza decorating contest for kids, tricycle races, pageant, dog events, snow sculpture contest, more.
Learn More: Call 530-583-7167.

March 5, 2005
Blossom Days Festival
7th & N Streets,
Sanger, California
Events for kids, Blossom Trail 10K run and 2 mile walk, entertainment, food, Depot Museum tours, car show.
Further Details: Call 559-875-4575.

March 5-6, 2005
Meet Me Downtown
North Federal Hwy,
Boca Raton, Florida.
All along US 1, from Palmetto Park Road to Mizner Boulevard, several hundred crafters and artisans show and sell their work. There is also a juried art show and you can enjoy entertainment at the amphitheatre in Mizner Park. Let the kids play in their own area, see the flower show and enjoy festival foods. This is the event's 23rd year, and proceeds still go toward local education programs. The festival runs from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. and there is no admission charge.
Get More Information: Call 561-395-4433.

March 5-6, 2005
Mendocino Whale Festival
various venues,
Mendocino, California.
Chowder tasting, lighthouse events, whale watching walks and boat tours, wine tasting, merchant specials, games for kids, marine displays, arts and crafts, woodworking exhibit, food, music.
Further Details: Call 707-961-6303

March 5-6, 2005
Floral City
Strawberry Festival

Floral Park (on US Hwy 41),
Floral City, Florida.
Strawberry treats, other festival foods, antique car show, berries for sale, pie eating contest, arts and crafts. The festival is in its 18th season. There is a small admission charge.
Information: Call 352-726-2801.

March 5-6, 2005
Mussel Fest
Coupeville Recreation Hall,
Coupeville, Washington.
Mussel farms tours, arts and crafts, Mussel Recipe contest, cooking demonstrations, activities for children, scavenger hunt, chowder cooking contest, jazz.
Questions: Call 360-678-5434.

March 5-6, 2005
Gulf Coast Renaissance Faire
Interstate Fairground,
Pensacola, Florida
Enjoy wandering minstrels and costumed medieval knights (and other participants). View jousting, play games of chance, try medieval foods and visit the merchants. The venue was changed because of hurricane damage last year. There is an admission charge. This is an alcohol-free event.
Further Details: Call 850-872-1407.

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March 10-12, 2005
St. Patrick's Day Festival
City Park,
Dublin, Texas
Quilts on display, talent show, arts and crafts, games, softball tournament, crazy hat contest, motorcyle show, Irish music and dancing, carnival, cooking contests.
Learn More: Call 254-445-3422.

March 11-12, 2005
Camden Daffodil Festival
various venues,
Camden, Arkansas.
Garden tours, quilt show, cemetery walk, steak-cooking contest, demonstrations, food vendors and more.
Information: Call 870-836-0023.

March 11-13, 2005
Valdosta-Lowndes County Azalea Festival
VSU Lawn & Drexel Park,
Valdosta, Georgia
1 mile run/walk, Parade of Nations, KidZone, paintball tournament, 5K road race, vendors, entertainment.
Further Details: Call 229-247-8100.

March 11-13, 2005
Ostrich Festival
Tumbleweed Park,
Chandler, Arizona
Kids Zone, two stages of entertainment, parade, exhibits, commercial vendors, food, arts and crafts, games and rides, and the ostrich races, of course. This is the 17th year of the event. Admission is charged.
Questions: Call 480-963-4571.

March 11-13, 2005
North side of Port Canaveral,
Cocoa Beach, Florida
5K run/walk, entertainment, vendors, seafood.
Learn More: Call 321-459-2200.

March 12, 2005
Buna Redbud Festival
Buna School on Hwy. 62,
Buna, Texas.
The event begins with a parade on Main Street and then the fun moves to the school, where you can enjoy games, entertainment on two stages, arts and crafts, commercial vendors, activities for kids and plenty of food. There is no admission charge.
Additional Information: Call 409-994-5586.

March 12-13, 2005
Ocean Arts Festival
Banyan Tree Park,
Lahaina, Hawaii
Hula demonstrations and Hawaiian music, marine-related activities, ocean-themed art for sale, games, touch pool exhibit, activities for kids. Admission is free and the event runs from 9am to 5pm.
Details: Call 808-667-9193.

March 12-13, 2005
Almond Blossom Festival
George Lane Park,
Quartz Hill, California.
Morning parade (including a pet parade), entertainment, arts and crafts, games, rides and food. Start the day with a pancake breakfast.
Get More Information: Call 661-722-4811.

March 12-13, 2005
Hebron Maple Festival
various venues,
Hebron, Connecticut.
Tour one of the Sugar Houses, enjoy chainsaw carving, nature walks, land use lectures and discussions, gynmnastics demonstrations, speed pitching competition, quilt sale and exhibit. There will also be pony rides for the kids, an ice cream eating contest, a silent auction, drawings for prizes, and maple syrup (and other maple products) for sale. Enjoy a pancake breakfast, a roast beef dinner, or munch on festival treats such as chili, baked goods, soup and maple cotton candy. You can also stock up on Girl Scout Cookies.
Note: In the event of a full-out blizzard, the festival would move to the following weekend, March 19-20.
Further Details: Call 860-228-5971.

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March 12-13, 2005
Forsythia Festival
Courthouse Square area,
Forsyth, Georgia.
Classic car show, treasure hunt, arts and crafts, entertainment, 5k run, horseshoe tournament, used book sale, arts and crafts, pancake breakfast, food.
Learn More: Call 478-994-9329.

March 12-13, 2005
Rattlesnake Roundup
unknown venue(s),
Claxton, Georgia
Pageant, rattlesnake information, lectures, music, gospel singing, activities for kids, festival merchandise, prizes and more.
Further Details: Call 912-739-2281 or 912-739-3820.

March 12-13 & 19-20, 2005
Highland Maple Festival
various venues,
Monterey (and McDowell), Virginia.
Maple syrup pancake breakfast, arts and crafts, commercial vendors, merchant specials, pageant, dances, entertainment and festival treats such as local fresh trout, hot dogs, apple dumplings and maple-flavored doughnuts.
Additional Information: Call 540-468-2550.

March 12-13, 2005
Irish Fair & Music Festival
Pomona, California
Storytelling, Irish genealogical information and assistance, games and rides for the kids, Irish sporting competitions, cooking demonstrations, Irish dog demonstrations, sheepherding demonstrations, workshops, drum classes.
Learn More: Call 213-305-8618.

March 12-13, 2005
Chatanika Days
unknown venue(s),
Chatanika, Alaska.
This former mining town celebrates their rugged history with outhouse races, a snowmachine tug-of-war and other outdoor fun.
Get Details: Call 907-389-2164.

March 12-13, 2005
Speckled Perch Festival
Flagler Park,
Okeechobee, Florida.
Singer Joe Nichols is scheduled to be the grand marshal at the parade. You can enjoy arts and crafts, PRCA rodeo, wildlife exhibits, and more.
Further Information: 863-763-6464Call .

March 13, 2005
Calle Ocho
SW 8th Street,
Miami, Florida.
The neighborhood known as Little Havana celebrates with a block party, or to be more precise, a twenty-three block party. Latin music and dance, folklore and plenty of ethnic foods are available from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. There is a large area set aside just for children.
Questions: Call 305-644-8888.

March 18-19, 2005
Buffalo Festival
3325 Groom Road,
Baker, Louisiana
Rodeo, pageant, rides, food and music.
Further Details: Call 225-778-0300.

March 18-20, 2005
Washington Catfish Festival
Washington, Louisiana.
Cajun and Zydeco music, antiques, pageants, arts and crafts, merchant specials, farmer's parade, activities for kids, Civil War reenactments, catfish cooking contest, festival foods.
Questions: Call 377-826-3627.

March 18-20, 2005
Rabbit Festival
City Park,
Iowa, Louisiana.
Cajun and other musical entertainment, carnival, arts and crafts, parade, rabbit cooking competition, food, commercial vendors.
Further Details: Call 337-582-3044 or 800-456-7952.

March 18-20, 2005
McMinnville Wine & Food Classic
Linfield Ave. & S. Davis St.
McMinnville, Oregon
Wine harvest competitions, wine tasting, arts and crafts, food.
Learn More: Call 503-472-4033.

March 18-27, 2005
International Cherry Blossom Festival
various venues,
Macon, Georgia.
More than a quarter of a million cherry trees bloom this time of year in Macon, and the town celebrates with concerts, exhibits, craft and business vendors, cherry tree sales, lantern tours of Ocmulgee National Monument, a marathon race, pink pancakes, tours of local homes, bike rodeo, a hot dog eating contest, Hula Hoop contest, vehicle show, Big Bear Show, bed races, a health fair, food, a Cherry Blossom Parade and more. Several events spill over into the weeks before and after the official festival dates.
Information: Call 478-751-7429.

March 19, 2005
Azalea Festival
County Courthouse Square,
Jasper, Texas.
Classic cars, cake decorating contest, arts and crafts, poetry contest, entertainment, food.
Further Details: Call 409-384-2762.

March 19, 2005
Daffodil Days
Senior Building on Bagdad Avenue,
Round Rock, Texas
Drawings for prizes, games for kids, face painting, music, auction, arts and crafts, commemorative postal covers, food.
Questions: Call 512-244-2761.

March 19-20, 2005
West Virginia Maple Syrup Festival
Main Street,
Pickens, West Virginia
Pancakes and maple syrup are served througout the day. Tour a maple syrup camp, watch chainsaw art in the making, enjoy displays, arts and crafts and food.
Additional Information: Call 304-924-6288.

March 19-20, 2005
An Artisans Festival
Wildflower Center,
Austin, Texas
Book signings, activities for children, food at the cafe, music, exhibits, art based on natural subjects. Among those scheduled to appear are watercolor artist Betty Spence, photographer Geoff Russell, author Melanie Gerth and official Wildflower Days 2005 artist David Busch.
Questions: Call 512-292-4100.

March 19-20, 2005
Conyers Cherry Blossom Festival
Georgia International Horse Park,
Conyers, Georgia.
Pageant, arts and crafts, entertainment, food vendors, cherry trees for sale. The event is in its 24th year.
Additional Information: Call 800-266-9377.

March 19-20, 2005
Maple Sugar Festival
Kalamazoo Nature Center,
Kalamazoo, Michigan
The event runs from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. and features pancakes and mayple syrup, craft activities, maple cotton candy, maple grove tours, horse drawn wagon rides (if weather permits) to the blacksmith shop, an 1858 homestead to visit, ice cream with maple syrup. Admission to the event is free to members. Other fees may apply to certain activities for both members and non-members. It's the 40th year for this celebration.
Learn More: Call 616-381-1574.

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March 24-26, 2005
Fire Ant Festival
Heritage Park,
Ashburn, Georgia
Pageant, arts and crafts, strawberry cooking contest, carnival, poker run, fire ant calling contest, fireworks, food vendors, dance, Fire Ant Walk & 5K Run. This is the 10th year of the event.
Questions: Call 229-567-9696.

March 26, 2005
Daffodil Festival
Main Street,
Fremont, North Carolina
This is a small, but growing festival. Enjoy arts and crafts, petting zoo, funnel cakes and other festival treats. The event is in its 19th year and will run from 10 am until 5 pm.
Questions: Call 919-242-6011 or 919-242-2149

March 26, 2005
German Sausage Festival
Town Park,
Elberta, Alabama.
Sausage and sauerkraut, polka and German music, baked goods, 250 arts and crafts booths, red beans and rice, stuffed cabbage, carnival, entertainment.
Additional Information: Call 251-986-5805.

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March 26-27, 2005
Kerrville Easter Festival
and Chili Classic

Flat Rock Lake Park,
Kerrville, Texas
Cooking contests (including chili), washer pitching tournament, events for kids, armadillo races, 5K Easter run, Easter egg hunt, more.
Learn More: Call 830-792-3535.

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March 26-April 10, 2005
National Cherry Blossom Festival
various venues,
Washington, D.C.
Concerts, kite festival, kimono fashion show, fireworks, Freedom Walk, dessert buffet, films, lanterns, parade, rugby tournament, rowing, lacrosse, golf tournament, more.
Questions: Call 202-662-7596.

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March 27-28, 2005
Santa Barbara Whale Festival
State Street,
Santa Barbara, California.
Rubber duck race, whale watching tours, diving demonstrations, whale information and exhibits, entertainment, marine artists, food.
Additional Information: Call 800-793-7666.

March 31-April 3, 2005
Cypress Sawmill Festival
Kemper Williams Park & Campground,
Patterson, Louisiana
Games and rides, rock climbing, food and drink vendors, antique engine display, arts and crafts, festival merchandise, sawmill display, talent contest, Cajun cooking competition, entertainment, horseshoe tournament, softball tournament, petting zoo. Please, no ice chests and no dogs (except assistance dogs) in the festival area.
Further Details: Call 800-256-2931.

March 31-April 3, 2005
Louisiana Crawfish Festival
Sigar Civic Center,
Chalmette, Louisiana
Crawfish races, entertainment, human races, games, arts and crafts, crawfish dishes. And don't worry. If you don't eat crawfish you can feast on treats such as fried sweet potatoes, soft pretzels, spinach and artichoke bread, shishkabob, beef fried rice, onion mums, ice cream and corn dogs.
Learn More: Call 504-278-4200.

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March 3-6 Fulton Oysterfest, Fulton, Texas
March 3-13 Florida Strawberry Festival, Plant City, Florida, 813-752-9194
March 4-5 Oregon Chocolate Festival, Ashland Springs Hotel, Ashland, Oregon, 541-488-1700 ext. 1004
March 4-6 Greek Festival, St. Catherine's at 110 Southern Blvd., West Palm Beach, Florida
March 4-6 Danville Heritage Festival, High School, Danville, Kentucky, 859-238-6223
March 4-6 Winthrop Hot Air Balloon Festival, Winthrop, Washington, 888-463-8469
March 5 Maple Sugaring Festival, Beaver Brook Maple Hill Farm, Hollis, New Hampshire
March 5-6 Wheeling Celtic Festival, Artisan Center, Wheeling, West Virginia, 800-828-3097
March 10-13 Festival of Flowers, Spring Hill College, Mobile, Alabama, 251-639-2050 or 877-777-0529
March 11-13 Tulsa Indian Art Festival, Greenwood Cultural Center, Tulsa, Oklahoma, 918-838-3875
March 12-13 Rosenberg Railroad Festival, Downtown, Rosenberg, Texas, 281-633-2846
March 12-13 Apollo Beach Manatee Arts Festival, Hwy. 41, Apollo Beach, Florida, 813-645-1366
March 13 Jewish Festival, Melbourne Auditorium, Melbourne, Florida, 321-636-1824
March 13 Wistaria Festival, Sierra Madre Boulevard, Sierra Madre, California, 626-306-1150
March 18-20 Jonquil Festival, Old Washington Historic State Park, Washington, Arkansas, 870-983-2660
March 18-20 Sugarloaf Crafts Festival, Expo Center, Ft. Washington, Pennsylvania, 301-990-1400
March 18-20 Taste of Solvang, Solvang, California, 800-468-6765
March 18-20 Ardmore Spring Festival, Convention Center, Ardmore, Oklahoma, 580-226-4843
March 18-20 Arts & Crafts Festival, Downtown, Fairhope, Alabama, 251-621-8222
March 19 Festival of Live Oaks, City Park, New Iberia, Louisiana, 337-369-2337
March 19-20 Dandelion Days, Jackson, California, 209-223-1706
March 19-20 Asian Food Fair & Cultural Show, Old School Square, Delray Beach, Florida, 561-351-5019
March 19-20 Herb & Garden Festival, Downtown, Ocean Springs, Mississippi, 228-875-4424
March 19-20 South Texas Polka & Sausage Festival,
                               Knights of Columbus Hall, Hallettsville, Texas, 361-798-2311
March 26 Attapulgus Dogwood Festival, Attapulgus, Georgia, 229-465-3482
March 26 Mud Dauber Festival, Luckenbach Dancehall, Fredericksburg, Texas, 830-997-3224
March 26-27 Wild Hog Festival & Craft Fair, Sabinal, Texas, 830-988-2709 (call 3-9pm)
March 30-April 3 Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival,
                               New Orleans, Louisiana, 504-581-1144
March 31-April 2 Jamboree, Vernon Richards Riverbend Park, Smithville, Texas

Other March 2005 Events You Might Enjoy
March 2-6 Colorado RV, Sports, Boat & Travel Show,
                               National Western Complex, Denver, Colorado
March 2-27 World Ice Art Championships, Fairbanks, Alaska, 907-451-8250
March 3-6 Camper, Travel & RV Show, Ford Field, Detroit, Michigan, 800-328-6550
March 3-6 Lawn & Garden show, Nashville, Tennessee, 615-876-7680
March 3-6 Red River Valley Sportsmen's Boat, Camping & Vacation Show,
                               Fargodome, Fargo, North Dakota, 763-755-8111
March 4-5 San Jose Scrapbook Expo, County Fairgrounds, San Jose, California, 888-252-3976
March 4-6 Spring Home/Garden Show, Fairgrounds, Del Mar, California, 760-730-328
March 4-6 Bustamante Antique Show & Sale, Conference Center, Pasadena, California, 209-358-3134
March 4-6 Mississippi Boat, Sport & RV Show, Coast Coliseum, Biloxi, Mississippi, 334-478-7469
March 4-6 Rocky Mountain Arts & Crafts Festival, Billings, Montana, 406-657-6722
March 5-6 Camellia Show, Cross Creek Mall, Fayetteville, North Carolina, 910-323-9891
March 5-April 10 Dallas Blooms, Dallas Arboretum, Dallas, Texas
March 6 Antiques Show, 60 N. Salem Road (High School), Cross River, New York.914-273-4667
March 10 Cooking School & Show, Expo Center, Claremore, Oklahoma, 918-341-2818
March 10 Las Olas Wine & Food Festival, Las Olas Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, 800-LUNG-USA
March 11-13 Campers World RV Show, Expo Center, York, Pennsylvania
March 11-13 Storytelling Festival, Mariposa, California, 800-903-9936
March 11-13 RV Super Show,
                               Ohio Expo Center & State Fairgrounds, Columbus, Ohio
March 12-13 Art Fest by the Sea, A1A on Juno Beach, Jupiter, Florida, 561-746-7111
March 12-13 Used Book Sale, National Guard Armory, San Rafael, California, 415-892-0238
March 13 Chocolate & Coffee Festival,
                               Adirondack Community College, Queensbury, New York, 518-793-1348
March 13 Gospel Brunch with a Texas Twist, Gruene Hall, New Braunfels, Texas, 830-606-1601
March 16-20 San Francisco Flower & Garden Show,
                               Cow Palace, San Francisco, California, 415-750-5109
March 17-20 Greater Rochester Flower & Garden Show,
                               Dome Center at 2695 E. Henrietta, Henrietta, New York, 585-265-9018
March 18-19 Boca Bacchanal Winefest & Auction, Boca Raton, Florida, 561-395-6766 ext. 101
March 18-20 Pittsburgh Arts & Crafts Spring Fever Festival,
                               Expo Center, Charleroi, Pennsylvania, 724-863-4577
March 18-20 Sidewalk Art Festival, Winter Park, Florida, 407-672-6390
March 18-20 American Craft Council Show, One Georgia Dome, Atlanta, Georgia
March 19 Daffodil Day, Bell Buckle, Tennessee, 931-389-9325
March 19 Conch Shell Blowing Contest, Key West, Florida, 305-294-9501
March 19-20 Calico Spring Arts & Crafts Show, Moultrie, Georgia, 229-985-1968
March 19-20 Antique Show & Sale, County High School, Bardstown, Kentucky, 502-348-8503
March 19-20 Herb & Garden Festival, Ocean Springs, Mississippi, 228-875-4424
March 19-20 Home & Garden Show,
                               Riverfront Convention Center, New Bern, North Carolina, 252-638-8101
March 19-20 Oregon Art & Rubber Stamp Festival, Convention Center, Portland, Oregon, 541-574-3000
March 20 Arts & Crafts Show, St. Joseph Regional HS, Montvale, New Jersey, 201-391-3300
March 20 Model Railroad Show, Civic Center, West Warwick, Rhode Island
March 24-27 Norwescon, Doubletree Seattle Airport, Seattle, Washington, 206-270-7850
March 25-27 Home Show, Carlson Center, Fairbanks, Alaska
March 25-April 3 International Auto Show, Javits Convention Center, New York, New York, 800-282-3336
March 26-27 Mid-State Gun & Knife show, Sparta, Tennessee, 931-738-8675

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